Published: The Daily Jung
Elevated agitations and Altaf Hussain’s concerns
By Abbas Mehkari
‘Azadi March and Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s ‘Revolution March are heading towards
their destinations as I am writing this
piece. The good thing is that the
marches started off peacefully. Among other leaders the credit goes to Mr.
Hussain, Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul Ebad also.
We have learnt an
important lesson here. If the march can start off peacefully it can end
peacefully too. It also tells us that political forces can solve every issue
A stage has been set for
clash and confrontation in Lahore on August 14. Pakistan Muslim League (N) had
decided not to allow the marches through Lahore. The administration and police
had closed all the thoroughfare, roads and lanes by placing big containers. The
government had decided to allow PTI march to go through Lahore. However, they
had decided to not allow PAT march through Lahore. This policy decision had
created a situation of confrontation and clash. The confrontation might have caused
loss of life and property and deteriorated the situation. The third force might
have taken advantage of the bad situation. All the political forces have been
trying to keep the third force away from the game.
MQM’s leader Altaf Hussain
sensed the gravity of the situation and decided to play a role to diffuse the
situation. He not only contacted the Pakistan Muslim League (N) ‘s leadership,
responsible persons in federal and provinvial government but also contacted
repeatedly with the leadership of Pakistan Awami Tehreek. He also directed
Governor Sindh to make every efforts till the resolution of the problem.
Altaf Hussain and Governor
Sindh remained awake between the midnight of Aug 13 and Aug 14 and remainded in
contacts with people. Their contacts helped in the resolution of the problem.
They persuaded the federal and Punjab governments to remove all the barriers
and the allow the participants of the march to go through the city without hindrance.
Mr. Hussain also got
assurances from the leadership of Pakistan Awami Tehreek that their march would
remain peaceful because the government had expressed apprehension that PAT’s
workers could resort to violence as they did earlier.
The Governor Punjab
Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar played an important role despite the fact he was party
in the conflict. It was MQM’s leadership
that acted as a true mediators. Likewise MQM leaders remained in contact with
the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The world saw that
participants of Azadi March and Revolution march moved out of Lahore
peacefully. This shows that if there is a determination political leadership
can resolve every issue. In modern age politics teaches that we should solve
all issue through dialogue.
Confrontation occurs when
we avoid constructive dialogue and this give nonpolitical forces to intervene.
The intervention of non-political forces take the issues out of the hands of
political forces. We have learnt this lesson from the recent crisis in other
countries. MQM’s leadership played their role keeping in view these example.
They deserve praise for this. MQM’s leadership has done what a responsible
political leadership should have done in this situation.
It is MQM’s basic stance
that marches, protest demonstrations are basic democratic rights of parties and
in democratic societies hurdles are not put in their ways. MQM believe marches
and demonstrations should be peaceful. On the basis of this principled stance
MQM leadership talked to the parties, which resulted in positive response and
the situation did not deteriorated.
Keeping in view this
example leadership of Pakistan’s other political parties should intervene in
the situation positively to bring a positive affect and try to bring these
Azadi and Revolution march to a logical conclusion peacefully. They should not
allow the situation slip out of the hands of political leadership and allow
non-political forces to intervene.
It is a fact that PTI and
PAT has showed their full public support and the government should seriously
think over their demands. Their bargaining position has improved immensely.
Political forces will have to play an effective role for the resolution of
issues. Political forces would have played their positive role when this column
goes into printing. We should not make it a matter of ego. We should keep in
mind the statement of Mr. Hussain that we have to save the country and
condition is very bad. People are very disturbed because of poverty,
destitution, unemployment and inflation. Load shedding of electricity and gas
supply have made their lives worse. We should avoid confrontation for the
country and preservation of democratic system in the country.
MQM’s leader had given a
statement earlier that if needed Prime Minister should resign to avoid
confrontation and loss of life and property. His statement had angered some
people. These people have realized that the situation had gone bad to worse. A
real politician keeps an eye on the changing situation. It appears that the
situation is going to the direction predicted by Mr. Hussain. It would be
better to accept the objective facts and resolve the matter peacefully and decide how to run the country peacefully
. Mediation of the national leadership is very important to achieve the goal.